Public Affairs Video News Magazine Episode #369 of "Media Edge" (June 2-4):
"PSR 2012 Scholarship Essay Contest Finals" (68 minutes) This year's Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was recorded by a Media Edge crew on April 29 at the Dante Club in Sacramento. The winning essays were chosen from entries submitted by greater Sacramento area high school students that reacted to this year's prompt, based on the words of the 20th century U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." After the finalists read their essays, the authors of the top three essays earned $3,000, $2,500 and $2,000 scholarships, and the other seven each earned a $1,000 scholarship.
"Yes He Can! -- Hold Wall Street Accountable" (3.5 minutes) California State Attorney General Kamela Harris is standing up against a proposed "sweetheart" deal that would let big banks avoid a full investigation for their role in the housing crisis. Earlier this year, people rallied in Sacramento to ask President Obama to join her and act immediately to investigate. Media Edge producer Michael Stavros was there, and prepared this report.
"Death and Taxes" (30 minutes) Twenty-eight people offer their motivations for and methods of resisting the war machine with their tax money. This tightly paced film introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollars to peace, with music by Sharon Jones and the DapKings, Antibalas, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and First Strike Theatre’s version of Don’t Pay Taxes by Charlie King.
"The Poetry of Listening" (14 minutes) A short documentary featuring Israeli and Palestinian poets and storytellers from Gaza to Tel Aviv.